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Hi and welcome to the DPC Newsletter for October 2018.

Extra Courses - Nikon & Canon Flash Course October 7th & 8th Plus Extra Night Course 22nd October

Saturday 7th October is now a Nikon Flash Course and Sunday 8th is now dedicated to Canon users.
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Call for 2018 DPC Calendar Entries

This month we are looking for entries for the 2018 Digital Photography Courses Student Calendar.

Only students who have attended a DPC course can enter and the closing date for entries is Sunday 8th October 2017. Images need to be uploaded to the DPC Facebook Group.

  1. It’s time to submit your entries for the 2018 DPC Student Calendar.
  2. This follows the same format as previous years and you need to submit four images.
  3. Please use the word CALENDAR – in capitals so I know this is your final four selection.
  4. Do NOT include a copyright as this will be removed and you are just giving me more work to do.
  5. You can post images and ask for advice, if you wish, but the final choice of four needs to be yours.
  6. Try to include all the seasons as 199 pictures of sunsets in August will not work.
  7. Closing date for entries is Sunday 8th October 2017. Voting starts a few days later for 10 days.
  8. Voting closes on 20th October and then the design work starts
  9. The vote will give us a shortlist but Jacqui and I will choose the main images
  10. Our decision is final and we should have a copies available by early November
  11. See here for more FAQs


The final course dates for 2018 are now on the website and we only have a few spaces left for:

Seeing the Picture and Compostion Course - £135- TBA.

I would like to fit in another Seeing the Picture and Compostion Course before the end of the Summer.

Many of my students tell me that they understand the techniques and how to set up the camera but lack inspiration while they are wandering around “Looking for the Picture.”.

This one day course is aimed at DSLR user who are confident using their cameras but feel they struggle to "See a Picture". We will have a series of exercises aimed at encouraging you to spot photographs in areas where you might normally walk on by. The plan is to travel light so something like the Tamron 18-270mm lens would be ideal.

Course Outline
One of the questions I’ve been asked all my career is “How do I see a picture?”. The Simple answer is “I don’t know. I just see the final image in my mind’s eye complete with any edits.”

The next question is “Can this be taught?” We’re about to find out. My mission on this new course is to hopefully inspire and guide you in this quest. Contact me if you want to attend and we'll sort out a date.

The October Project is - "Portraits"

Most monthly projects have been landscape based so this month I would like you to start thinking about taking portraits. This was covered on your Beginners Courses so refer to your notes. You can also include flash or available light portraits.

I've included sample images below but you are encouraged to be as diverse as possible and remember to upload to the DPC Facebook Group.

Studio Portrait Course

Nikon Flash Photography Course on Saturday 7th October 2017
Canon Flash Photography Course on Sunday 8th October 2017

On the beginners course we discussed how using the camera's built in flash can result in pictures which are flat and uninteresting. This can be improved hugely by using a seperate speedlight flash to produce professional looking results.

The Flash Photography Course aims to change this pop-up scenario and will give you a good understanding of how to use a separate flashgun away from the camera to provide more exciting portraits and creative lighting techniques.

Flash Course

This is a Level Two course so you will need to have attended a beginners course first. During this photography course you will learn about :

  • The menus, settings and controls of your flashgun
  • How to use the flash on camera for bounce flash
  • How to use the flash off the camera with a cable
  • How to use the flash remotely off the camera with wireless triggers
  • How to use the Nikon or Canon Creative Lighting Systems
  • How to use flashguns for more creative lighting
  • How to use your flash outdoors for fill-in flash
  • How to take exciting portraits using flash

Final Intermediate Courses for 2017 is on Sunday 12th November.

Anyone attending the Intermediate Course in the future will require a a Polariser and a ND8 filter for the course. These can be purchased from Amazon at about £11 each or they are included in our exclusive DPC Filter Kit.

Universal Filter Kits now back in stock

These kits were made especially for us so they are not available on eBay or Amazon. They have been put together to cover a wide range of photography skills and they will be required for the Intermediate Course. If you were to buy these filters individually they would cost over £80 but they are now available from just £35 for the 52-62mm set or £48 for the 77-82mm set.

You can order your 52 to 62mm or 77 to 82mm kits here -

What's Covered

  1. The Exposure Triangle - Understand the reciprocal relationship between aperture, shutter speed & ISO
  2. See how the different metering modes change the exposure
  3. Understand how the Histogram & Highlight Warnings work
  4. Understand the different focus modes and when to use them
  5. See how different ISO sensitivities affect picture quality
  6. See how different Colour Balances affect the picture
  7. See how different Apertures alter the Depth of Field.
  8. See how different Shutter Speeds show movement
  9. Use a polariser to darken blues skies & minimise reflections
  10. Use the zoom lens to show compression or W/A perspective

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.

Glen & Jacqui /
25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA 0116 2796906


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